Your Ultimate Wedding Shot List: A Photography Guide

Planning your wedding has been an incredible journey, and now it’s time to capture those precious moments in the best way possible. While you trust your photographer, having a shot list can ensure you get the specific pictures you’ve imagined. Share your must-have photos with your photographer in advance, and they’ll be ready to capture both the organic, candid moments and the shots you desire.

How to Use a Wedding Photo Shot List:

Share half a dozen must-have photos with your photographer ahead of your wedding day. This will help them plan creatively and ensure they capture all the special moments you envision.

Remember, even without a shot list, you’ll get plenty of beautiful shots throughout the day. However, if there’s something specific you want, make sure to communicate it. Use our example shot list below as a starting point and customize it to make it your own!

DETAILS:
  • Invitation, program, special signs & gifts
  • Wedding rings
  • Wedding dresses/suits
  • Outfit accessories like shoes, cuff links, or jewelry
  • Bouquet, corsages, boutonnieres
GETTING READY:
  • Bride(s) and bridesmaids getting hair and makeup done
  • Fun wedding party moments
  • Mother and bride/groom portraits
  • Father and bride/groom portraits
  • Family shots
PRE-CEREMONY:
  • Couple’s first look
  • Bride(s) with bridesmaids/flower girls
  • Groom(s) with groomsmen/ring bearer
CEREMONY:
  • Venue shots, inside and outside details
  • Groom and groomsmen waiting
  • Guest shots
  • Bridal party entrance
  • Bride(s) walking down the aisle
  • Groom’s reaction
  • Parent giving away the bride
  • Exchanging vows and rings
  • The first kiss as a married couple and the moment after
  • Signing the marriage certificate
  • The recessional (couple walking back up the aisle)
GROUP PORTRAITS:
  • Couple with bridesmaids/groomsmen
  • Couple with the entire wedding party
  • Bride(s) with bridesmaids/maid of honor
  • Groom(s) with groomsmen/best man
  • Couple with any children
  • Couple with each set of parents
  • Couple with both sets of parents
  • Couple with siblings
  • Couple with close family members
RECEPTION:
  • Details and room d├ęcor shots
  • Wedding cake details
  • Grand entrance
  • Toasts and speeches
  • Cake cutting
  • The first dance
  • Bride(s) dancing with father/groom(s) dancing with mother
  • Couple mingling with guests
  • Guests dancing
  • Musicians, singers, DJ
  • Grand exit

Remember, your wedding shot list is a guide, and your day will unfold uniquely. Embrace the beauty of what makes your wedding day special and enjoy the memories that will last a lifetime!

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